• Carroll offers more options for health insurance, wellness

    HILLSVILLE – A third option for health insurance will be available for employees with the Carroll County Public Schools during open enrollment in August.

    The Carroll County School Board voted unanimously on March 8 to approve the addition of a high deductible plan with a health savings account, along with the other two plan options currently offered. This plan would be offered to employees at no cost for a single policy.

  • Carroll school board reschedules meetings

    HILLSVILLE – Due to two cancelled meetings in February, the Carroll County School Board has announced it will hold two additional meetings in March.

    On March 14, the board will hold a meeting beginning at 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of the Carroll County Governmental Complex. The purpose of this meeting will be to present the 2016-2017 school operational, food service, textbook and debt services budgets to the board members.

  • CCHS students searched after weapon report

    HILLSVILLE – Students went through metal detectors and buses were searched on Friday morning after Carroll County Public Schools received a tip about weapons on a bus at the high school.

    No weapons were found.

    In a news release, school officials said that the high school received an anonymous tip on March 4 around 9:05 a.m. on the Anonymous Drug and Bullying Reporting site, which said that a student on one of the buses had firearms in their possession. The report did not share the student’s name or the bus number.

  • Bill would change graduation requirements

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    RICHMOND — The House of Delegates on Feb. 22 passed, by a 99-1 vote, a bill that would alter high school graduation requirements in Virginia.

    State Sen. John Miller’s bill, SB336, would require the state Board of Education to work with school and community leaders to establish a “Profile of a Virginia Graduate.”

  • School budget would restore teachers

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County School Board is working on a promising draft of the school budget for fiscal year 2016-17, which would add back teachers in positions previously cut and includes money for projects like new bleachers at the high school.

    The board met Feb. 22 for a budget draft presentation, and discussed this year’s strategy for compiling the numbers and the main goals for funding.

  • Merdian, Adams seek new terms on school board

    Both Galax School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Jim Adams and Board Member F. Stewart Merdian, whose terms are expiring on June 30, say they’ll seek reappointment.

    Two seats are open on the board, and city council is set to make the appointments March 28. Those interested have until March 4 to submit letters of interest.

    Members are appointed for three-year terms.

  • Grayson appropriates school funds

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Board of Supervisors approved an appropriation of $1.6 million dollars for the school system at its Feb. 11 meeting.

    The supervisors appropriate funds for the school board on a monthly, categorical basis. The request provides both boards with an organized and public list showing where the funds are going in the system.

    In the breakdown presented by Grayson Schools Superintendent Kelly Wilmore, $1.15 million of the requests will benefit school instruction. The remaining balance will be divided as follows:

  • School projects underway, more to come

    INDEPENDENCE — New outdoor bleachers, fresh coats of paint and lighting replacements are just a few of the projects currently underway at Grayson County High School. Without missing a beat, staff spent last week taking full advantage of the school closings (brought on by extremely low temperatures and hazardous back roads) by filing the hallways with buckets of paint, rollers and drop cloths.

  • Policy change creates career education opportunities

    Galax City Schools are happy at the passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to Superintendent Bill Sturgill.

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2015, replaces the older and much more strict No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which went into effect in 2002 under former President George W. Bush.

  • Carroll school board chooses leaders, moves meeting day

    HILLSVILLE – The Carroll County School Board has changed the day of its monthly meeting and elected its 2016 chair and vice-chair.

    Brian Spencer has been elected as chairman and Joey Haynes will serve as vice chairman.

    In the school board organizational meeting, held on Jan. 14, the board decided to change its meetings from Thursday evening to Tuesday evening. The board will meet on the second Tuesday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m. Citizen comments will be heard at 6 p.m.